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Gujarat >>Danta Travel

Royal Abode at the Foothills of Aravalli Danta is located close to the Gujarat-Rajasthan border, having social ties with the royal families on both the sides. The royal edifices of Danta reflect the blending of architecture of both the regions. Danta town is situated at the foothills of Aravalli hill range. The landscape of forest and hills, with huge boulders, make a perfect setting for this town. The entire region is populated by the Bhil tribe and has forests with diverse flora and fauna. The Parnar Rajputs ruled the royal house of Danta. They arrived in Gujarat in the 12th century AD, from Nagarthatta in Sindh and established their first capital at Chandravati, which was later, shifted to Tarsang in the Arasur hills. Tarsang finds mention in Mughal history as the rebel Jahangir was given shelter at Tarsang. About 350 year ago, the capital was finally moved to Danta.

Location: Gujarat-Rajasthan Border, Gujarat.
Main Attraction: Bhawani Villa.
Excursions: Ambaji, Taranga.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS
Palaces:

The two palaces are located at the lower end of the hill, but higher than the town. The entire old royal palace campus was fortified in the past housing several buildings within it. The huge impressive gate leads one into the royal campus. The old palace is clustered around a series of courtyards, interconnected by a series of gates. The first court is surrounded by a low height structure, originally acting as an administrative block. In the same court, the other interesting structure is the family shrine of Goddess Ambaji built in the Rajput style of architecture, inspired by the royal architecture of Rajasthan. This four-storeyed structure has the shrine in one corner, but instead of a temple-like structure, it resembles the small Darbangadhs of Rajasthan.

The opaque and plain structure at the lower level becomes more decorative at the top by the sensitive use of several architectural elements like horizontal friezes, carved brackets, delicately carved stone 'jalis', 'jharokhas', decorated parapets and domes.

Bhavani Villa:
Danta was an 895 sq. Km. Princely state ruled by the Parmars, descendants of the great King Vikramaditya of Ujjain. The Parmars made Chandravati their capital following the Arab conquest of 1200 AD. After the battle against Allauddin Khilji, they migrated to Tarsang. From there they moved to Danta three hundred and eighty years ago. Danta has a glorious past - of great kings, heroic warriors and gods who watched over them and sometimes stepped down onto earth to change the course of history. The care of the people of Danta is said to have been entrusted to the Parmars by Goddess Ambaji herself. Navratri Puja is performed by the Maharana of Danta in the famous temple at Ambaji every year .
Bhavani Villa offers a wide range of personalized services and facilities to help make your stay in Danta a memorable one.
Bhavani Villa has a delectable range of Indian cuisine on offer. Enjoy the food prepared for you by our traditional cooks and supervised by the lady of the house while absorbing the traditional ambience of our cosy and private dining room. You could also choose to sit outside and enjoy tea while enjoying a folk dance. ( on special request) The lush green hills and thick foliage make drives interesting and refreshing as you pass by hills, small tribal villages and mountain rocks. Each turn brings you to a breathtaking view of the majestic panorama of mountains all around and endless green fields. Choose to go for a horse riding or cycle around at your leisure you certainly forget time and energise yourself with the scent of the green wood and cool mountain air as nature embraces you here!
Bhavani Villa is a Weekend Getaway Ex-Ahmedabad and is also visited as a part of Heritage Itinerary of Gujarat .

Ambaji:
(22 Kms from Danta) Ambaji is one of the major 'Shakti-peethas' of India, situated in the Arsasur hills. The Ambaji temples contain no idol, but an inscribed 'Yantra' in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town - with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the centre. The Ambaji Temple and the frontcourt 'Chachar no Chowk' are aligned in the same axis of the cave at Gabbar hill- the original abode of Goddess Ambaji. The present temple was constructed a few years ago, maintaining the original architectural style. Millions of pilgrims visit the temple every year- especially during 'Navratri' to seek the blessing of Goddess Ambaji.

Kumbhariya:
(30 km from Danta) the Kumbhariya group of Jain temples dates back to the Solanki period (11th - 13th century). The five temples are dedicated to: Mahavira, Shantinath, Parshvanath, Neminath and Sambhavanath. The temples have a main shrine in the centre of a rectangular courtyard, formed by the series of shrines with 'shikharas', dedicated to Jain 'Tirthankaras'.

On each side there is a porch with a balcony, reached by a flight of steps. The quality of workmanship on the marble is excellent and reminds one of the Dilwara Jain temples at Mt. Abu.

Taranga:
(27 km from Danta) The Ajitnath Temple (1166 AD) is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of Jain temple architecture from the Solanki period. It has a 'shikhara', 'mandapa', pillars and brackets made out of marble with excellent carving.

Tarsang:
32 Kms away is Tarsang, which was the previous capital and contains ruins of temples.

HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (184 km)
Rail: Nearest station is Palanpur (38 km) on Ahmedabad - Delhi lines
Road: Ahmedabad (184 km)
Local Transport: Non-metered auto rickshaws.

 
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